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Please see: J Med Ethics 2016;42:480

J Med Ethics 42:10 doi:10.1136/medethics-2015-102739
  • Law, ethics and medicine

China to halt using executed prisoners’ organs for transplants: a step in the right direction in medical ethics

  1. Gabor S Ungvari3,4
  1. 1Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao, China
  3. 3The University of Notre Dame Australia/Marian Centre, Perth, Australia
  4. 4School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yu-Tao Xiang, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, 3/F, Building E12, Macau SAR, China; xyutly{at}
  • Received 18 February 2015
  • Revised 23 March 2015
  • Accepted 7 April 2015
  • Published Online First 28 April 2015

On 1 January 2015 the Chinese government announced banning the use of organs from executed prisoners for transplantation, which has been received by the Chinese public with ambiguity. On one hand, this decision is a great step forward in China's human rights record because it reflects the public's concerns about protection of prisoners’ human rights. The Chinese government positively responded to increasing international concerns about this widely denounced practice. On the other hand, it will further enlarge the gap between the supply of human organs for transplantation and the huge demand for it. Facing long-time international criticism, boycott-related academic activities and uncertainty about China’s future …